immigrants. In addition, rather than spending billions of federal dollars in an attempt to link upuntested satellite technology, our strategy calls for installation of high-tech ground sensorsthroughout the southern border and for equipping all border patrol officers with the technologicalcapability to respond to activation of the ground sensors in the area they are patrolling. Thissolution is far more cost-effective than the SBInet project in Arizona and has been proven to befar more effective in the areas in which it has been deployed.As a result of this proposal, the Border Patrol will also receive substantial upgrades intechnology—including: 1) clear and secure two-way communication capabilities among allborder patrol agents conducting operations between ports of entry; 2) use of Department of Defense equipment at
the border; and 3) increases in the number of sport utility vehicles,helicopters, power boats, river boats, portable computers to track illegal immigrants and drugsmugglers while inside of a border patrol vehicle, night vision equipment, Unmanned AircraftSystems (UAS), Remote Video Surveillance Systems (RVSS), scope trucks, and MobileSurveillance Systems (MSS).Notwithstanding this substantial increase to America’s current border enforcementcapabilities, this proposal recognizes that there may still be occasions where the border patrolneeds additional, flexible support to maintain operational control of America’s borders. In thisregard, the proposal recommends the creation of a border patrol auxiliary unit to assist the USBorder Patrol in accomplishing the mission of detecting, interdicting, and apprehending thosewho attempt to illegally enter or smuggle people, including terrorists, or contraband, includingweapons of mass destruction or narcotics, across US borders between official ports of entry.The proposal also provides the Secretary of Homeland Security with the authority to deployNational Guard personnel at our borders when needed.